Goethe on life, 4

Real life frequently loses its luster
to such an extent that sometimes
you have to refresh it again
with the varnish of fiction.

Das wirkliche Leben verliert oft
dergestalt seinen Glanz,
daß man es manchmal mit
dem Firnis der Fiktion
wieder auffrischen muß.

-Truth and Fiction, Part 2, Book 9
Translation by Goethe Global

No. 3421

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